Here are some expected — and unexpected — celebrity cannabis consumers…
It’s now 2020, and the fight for cannabis acceptance is stronger than ever before as more and more people become turned on to the plant’s therapeutic potential. And as is always the case, celebrities are using their powerful voices to help spread the word of legalization.
While most of us are familiar with the “A-list icons of cannabis” (think Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogen, etc), there are quite a few relative newcomers to our ongoing list of famous people who use weed. In this article, we’ll walk you through an assortment of contemporary A-list blazers.
Keep reading below to discover famous people who use weed. Some of the participants might shock you…
1. Microsoft Billionaire and Marijuana Enthusiast: Bill Gates
Cannabis consumers come in all forms, and although society wants you to believe there’s just a bunch of stoners running around, eating tons of food, and smoking all the pot they can, marijuana doesn’t discriminate. Bill Gates might seem like one of the last people on Earth to get down with the ganj, but he’s indulged in his fair share of MMJ. Reports reveal Gates would always choose marijuana over any other pharmaceutical, herb being his medicine of choice – and a healthy one no doubt. Some say cannabis can increase creativity, productivity, and motivation, sometimes lending a hand in helping geniuses fulfill their purposes in the world. We’re happy that reefer played a role in Bill Gates’ life; otherwise, imagine a world without Microsoft.
2. The King of Cannabis: Bob Marley
When you think of Bob Marley, the words ‘massive stoner’ usually comes to mind. Bob Marley has always been linked to his dedicated consumption of the marijuana plant, which he did proudly and openly, not only for himself but as part of his Rastafarian religion as well, which encourages the use of Mary Jane. After his death, Marley’s family went on to launch their very own cannabis brand, Marley Naturals, paying homage to the singer’s plant of choice. Marley Naturals was started back in 2016 and sells cannabis, including pre-rolls, oil cartridges, and flower, as well as weed-infused body care products and lifestyle accessories. Aside from the Marley brand that exists today, Bob Marley is regularly quoted for his inspiring words about life, much of which relates to herb. One of our favorites: “When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”
3. The Unexpected Ganja Lover and Actress: Kirsten Dunst
Probably most known for her lead role in the Spider-Man trilogy, Kirsten Dunst said in a 2007 MTV interview, “I do like weed. I have a different outlook on marijuana than America does. My best friend Sasha’s dad was Carl Sagan, the astronomer. He was the biggest pot smoker in the world, and he was a genius.” Although we aren’t sure Dunst likes to light up as regularly as Carl Sagan did, it seems the starlet has an overwhelmingly supportive opinion on cannabis and its use, which we’d say she’s spot on about because America’s marijuana laws are, in our opinion, unnecessarily restrictive. Back in 2017, Kirsten Dunst admitted she accidentally ended up smoking an entire joint while filming a scene on a movie set, because she thought it was made of prop “movie weed” (a blend of herbs other than cannabis) – and boy was she wrong! Dunst had to go home and stop filming after the high finally hit her, and she describes the experience as being the most stoned she had ever been in her lifetime.
4. The Transparent Toker: Sarah Silverman
It doesn’t seem so unexpected that comedian and actress Sarah Silverman loves her reefer. From being spotted vaping on the red carpet, to getting crazy baked with Seth Rogen, to not-so-secretly hitting bongs with her mom and dad, the world knows about the 420-friendly relationship between Sarah Silverman and Mary Jane. The comedian certainly enjoys producing plenty of laughs, but it turns out she probably likes to make herself laugh too, and some giggle-inducing cannabis does the trick excellently.
5. The Prince of Mary Jane: Willie Nelson
If Bob Marley is the King of Cannabis, Willie Nelson is, indeed, the Prince. Much like Bob Marley, Willie has always been open about his marijuana consumption. The singer-songwriter, most well-known for his contributions to the outlaw country genre, serves as co-chair of the advisory of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and owns his own cannabis company called Willie’s Reserve. Willie’s Reserve has become quite notorious for its quality marijuana, selling predominantly fresh flower and oil cartridges to legal markets. Even though Willie is now 85 years old, he continues to fight hard for the worldwide acceptance and legalization of cannabis, which he believes can heal and benefit so many. We must say that we agree entirely with Willie Nelson!
6. Hollywood Legend, Mom, and Cannaisseur: Susan Sarandon
An unsuspecting addition to this famous line-up, Susan Sarandon has reached legendary status in Hollywood, with many younger actors looking up to her for inspiration. But it turns out this star also loves to get baked. Admitting she’s shown up to just about every one of her events completely high, it’s pretty funny to imagine this clean-cut, well-poised woman smoking it up or munching on some edibles. On top of being a mother and also a grandma, we are proud of Susan Sarandon for being open with her cannabis use and destigmatizing predisposed conceptions – we just hope the celeb is not met with too much criticism from people who don’t understand how impactful and medicinal marijuana might be for some.
7. The Blazing Songstress: Rihanna
Often spotted wearing pro-marijuana merchandise and clothing, if you follow any celebrity news at all you’ve probably come to realize that Rihanna loves her ganja, just as many of us do. Paparazzi have spotted the songstress on multiple occasions blazing it up by the poolside or somewhere out in public, and Rihanna does not seem to mind one bit. They say you must have tough skin to be famous, and the singer certainly doesn’t care what onlookers have to say about her love for cannabis, which has been extensively criticized since she first began publicly displaying her deep affection for herb. From rolling a joint on her bodyguard’s bald head at Coachella to trading green bud for diamonds on the cover of her single “Diamonds,” Rihanna is always coming up with new ways for the public to understand her love of all things ganja.
8. The 420-Friendly Late-Night Talk Show Host: Andy Cohen
The talk show host of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Andy Cohen has been a long-time open advocate for cannabis consumption, consuming the plant himself with a massive list of other A-listers. Since the birth of his son Benjamin Cohen, however, Andy Cohen has decided to drop cannabis altogether, feeling like he can be a more devoted parent by doing so. Andy Cohen is raising the child as a single parent and feels for now it isn’t time to bring his love of cannabis back into his life. Props to Cohen for doing what his heart tells him to.
9. The Dynamic, Dank Duo: Cheech & Chong
Considering that this pair is just about always high when featured together, our list ends with the most obvious of any famous stoners: Cheech & Chong. Made up of Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong, this dynamic duo offered audiences a glimpse into the lives of two counter-culture, cannabis-loving dudes, going on to produce numerous films and recordings. In addition to showing a bit of the hippie and free love era, Cheech & Chong were comedians, sometimes performing stand-up and certainly causing viewers to laugh hysterically while watching their films and performances. Although splitting up and getting back together again a few times, they’ve since made a reunion, appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2018. These two will always be remembered as hilarious individuals who really just love and support weed.
Final Thoughts on Famous People Who Use Weed
Celebrities are human too, so it makes sense why they would want to enjoy cannabis just like many others do. The famous individuals that adore marijuana just aren’t always that obvious, but with the weed revolution fast approaching as more and more states legally accept cannabis-use on a recreational level, it comes as no surprise that Hollywood’s biggest stars would also want in on the transformation. Maybe some of them are realizing how much they love the high, or their medical conditions are experiencing relief – whatever the reason, it’s clear that more celebrities than ever are turning towards cannabis for a dose of green medicine.
We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of marijuana is the sole responsibility of the user and discretion should always be taken.